Manuel Ponce was born in Michoacán, Mexico.
He began his studies during 1958 through 1966 at the famous Conservatorio De Las Rosas, a presitigious music school in
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico which consisted of the Escuela Superior de Música Sacra.
During these formative years, his piano instructors included J. Jesús Carrreño, Ignacio Mier Arriaga, and Gerarth Muench.
Among his voice teachers were Estanislado Flores, José Zavala, and Roberto Oropeza. His Gregorian chant mentor was Celso
Chavez adn teaching him history of music and latin was Prof. Marcelino Guiza.
Music publications include contributing for the Oregon Catholic Press (Flor y Canto). He has also recorded six cassettes
and CD's of music.
His music and liturgical work experience includes being the parish music director for St. John Vianney and St. Theresa
in Houston, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. John Neuman, San Martin de Porres, Catedral del Espiritu Santo in Nuevo Laredo
Tamaulipas, México, and of course, at Blessed Sacarament Church where he has been present for more 20 years.
During his earlier school years, he sang principal first Alto in the renowned Niños Cantores de Morelia, Michoacán under
the director Luis
Berber Equihua, the first Michoacan director. The choir also had the leadership of one of the prestigious
directors, Romano Picutti, of the world famous Vienna Boys Choir in Austria.
Traveling extensively throughout the Republic of México, Canada and most of the central and the eastern states fo the
United States gave impetus in fostering his love for music as a professional career. We are indeed blessed and grateful
for his being with us.
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